How one teen told her grandmother she was gay

My friend’s daughter is one of the most courageous teens I know. She had come to terms with her sexuality and doesn’t try to hide who she is, regardless of what others think or say. She told her parents she was a lesbian many months ago, but over the weekend she decided it was time to tell her grandmother, a spunky 70-year-old Holocaust survivor.

Her version of the interaction is so entertaining that I had to share it with you. Parents, would you encourage your son or daughter to talk openly with their grandparents about their sexual preference for the same sex?


By Shelby Curran

If you know me personally, you know that I am probably the most open person in the world. And if you don’t know me, you probably still assume that I am because I have an internet blog based solely on the fact that I am Jewish and gay. Let’s be real.

However, no matter how “out in the open” I am about my sexuality and my life in general, my grandmother has always been a touchy subject for me. She’s your average, adorable, matzah ball soup making, clothing misplacing, slightly over bearing, and even sometimes embarrassing grandma. A Holocaust survivor and someone deeply rooted in her Jewish religion, she has always inspired me to live life to the fullest and cultivate my own Jewish lifestyle and identity. But, as suspected, traditional values often combat and question the subject of homosexuality.

Naturally, I kept putting “coming out” off. I could never find the right time and place, and my family was always afraid of what she might say. But almost four years later, it felt awful keeping a huge part of myself hidden from her, and to be honest, I figured I might as well jump the gun before someone else let it slip.

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